Matt Schaub understands the Raiders’ quarterback plan for the present and future. The recently acquired veteran knows he’ll start in 2014 at least, and that the team is looking for a younger long-term solution.
Schaub seems fine with all of that. The 32-year old former Houston Texan said so Friday at a charity golf tournament benefitting his GR8 Hope Foundation.
The Raiders have done extensive research on top quarterbacks in this draft class, but it remains uncertain where (or even if) they will select a passer in the upcoming NFL draft. Schaub’s presence gives them freedom to take the best player available at No. 5 overall.
The Raiders say they don’t have to take a quarterback, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. If a passer is added to the Raiders roster, Schaub won’t lose sleep over it.
“I’m a realist, and I understand where I am in my career,” Schaub told reporters on hand, including CSN Houston, a CSN Bay Area sister station. “As you get older, teams are always going to try and find young players to come in and compete. I was one of those guys myself at one point. As a player, you just have to do your job to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may. I’m looking forward to helping the team in any way possible. I’m going to be the guy to lead them and show them the way.”
Even if a young quarterback joins the team, Schaub knows he’ll get his shot at redemption after a terrible 2013 season. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen declared Schaub next season’s starting quarterback shortly after acquiring the quarterback in trade. If he plays extremely well, Schaub could hold on to his starting spot for a longer term, or sign a lucrative deal with another team following the 2015 season.
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Allen is supremely confident Schaub will find old form and help the Raiders compete in the AFC West. He considers Schaub equal to top quarterbacks in the division, pointing to a pre-2013 track record of success.
That vote of confidence was heard loud and clear.
“It’s the ultimate compliment and what you want as a player,” Schaub said. “You want to know that the staff believes in you and wants you to come in and do a job. That’s all you can ever ask for. I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Schaub has already perused the playbook, but his Raiders duties formally start April 22, when the offseason program officially begins. Schaub, who could’ve been released as late as June had the Raiders not traded for him, is excited to start the next chapter of his career.
“A lot of stress and anxiety has been taken off; to know where I’m going to be has been great,” Schaub said. “It’s allowed me to get to know my teammates and get involved early. I’ve started looking at the offense and looking at film, but it’s also about understanding the receivers and how things work in Oakland. It’s a long process, but we have a lot of time to get that nailed down.”